Extreme Book Nerd for Kids 2022 – #2

Our middle daughter (age 10) recently completed the library’s 2022 Extreme Book Nerd Challenge for Kids by reading 25 books (at least 100 pages long) in specific categories. She earned a paperless writing tablet just like her big brother. The challenge lists 26 categories, and she got to choose which category to skip. Here are the categories and the books she read.

  1. Wild card – has a mouse in it: “The Mouse and the Motorcycle” by Beverly Cleary
  2. From a library display: “The Imagination Station (book 1): Voyage with the Vikings” by Marianne Hering
  3. Non-Fiction (not biography or autobiography): “Science Comics Cats: Nature and Nurture” by Andy Hirsch
  4. Book you love, read it again: “Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH” by Robert O’Brien
  5. Recommended by IFPL librarian: “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett – Lindsey
  6. Published this year 2022: “Science Comics Bridges: Engineering Masterpieces” by Dan Zettwock
  7. Book a friend likes: “My Side of the Mountain” by Jean Craighead George – recommended by Returning to Paradise
  8. Book you have at home: “Science Comics Polar Bears: Survival on the Ice” by Jason Viola and Zack Giallonogo
  9. Cover you don’t like: “Who Were the Wright Brothers” by James Buckley Jr.
  10. Knight or dragon in it: “How to Train Your Dragon” by Cressida Cowell
  11. Clock or Time in the title: “Ranger in Time: Rescue on the Oregon Trail” by Kate Messner
  12. Coretta Scott King Award winner: skipped category
  13. Author who is new to you: “Nyla and the White Crocodile” by Norma Youngberg
  14. Trip in in (by car, train, plane, or boat): “Peter Pan” by James Barrie
  15. Features music or a musician: “Melody 1964: No Ordinary Sound” by Denise Lewis Patrick
  16. Biography or Autobiography: “Freedom Train: the Story of Harriet Tubman” by Dorothy Sterling
  17. About something in nature: “Science Comics Solar System: Our Place in Space” by Rosemary Mosco and Jon Chad
  18. Published the year you were born: “The One and Only Ivan” (2012) by Katherine Applegate
  19. From the bottom shelf: “The Boxcar Children #14: Tree House Mystery” by Gertrude Chandler Warner
  20. Blue cover: “Rascal” by Sterling North
  21. Part of a series: “More About Paddington” by Michael Bond
  22. Author’s last name has fewer than five letters: “Zoe’s Rescue Zoo: The Silky Seal Pup” by Amelia Cobb
  23. Pet in it: “Nicki” (American Girl) by Ann Howard Creel
  24. Gemstones or jewels in it: “The Golden Goblet” by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
  25. Person on the cover: “Clementine” by Sara Pennypacker
  26. Illustrations in it: “Science Comics Robots and Drones: Past, Present, and Future” by Mairghread Scott and Jacob Chabo

Our youngest son (age 8) is unmotivated to complete the challenge this year and that’s completely okay with us too. Maybe next time…

📚 How many of these books have you read?

📚 What’s your favorite book from the list?

25 thoughts on “Extreme Book Nerd for Kids 2022 – #2

  1. Congratulations to your daughter! This is a nice accomplishment, and I hope she enjoyed reading all those books! The prize is really nice, too. Two of my kids are voracious readers; the third was an okay reader, but he excels in technology-related stuff. Reading is a joy in my life!

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    1. Reading is a joy for our family. We read aloud almost every night. Last night, our current read-aloud, “Adam of the Road” referenced the story in our favorite Christmas picture book, “The Christmas Knight”. We were all so delighted. It’s really fun when we get to make connections like that from reading!

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  2. It is so awesome that the kids are discovering the joy of reading . For me reading is something that cannot be described, it is something that you need to experience to understand how it feels. There is nothing more exciting than discovering the hidden treasure in a good book.

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  3. Congrats!! What an accomplishment and neat prize. This list gives us recommendations on future readings. Our favorites are: The Secret Garden and The One and Only Ivan.
    Per your suggestion in another post, we got the book “My Side Of The Mountain.” Haven’t gotten to it yet. We heard a sample of it on Audible and it sounds really interesting but Ellis thinks it’ll be a sad story.
    Elliot is a picky reader and I hate to admit it, but not very interested in books…one hill at a time. He’s getting less resistant about writing this semester since he’s taking a writing class with IEW. Ellis, on the other hands, is an avid reader. She’s working on the Box Car Children and finished the NeverGirls.


    1. Thanks! We loved “the one and only Ivan” and the movie too! That’s one of my faves from her list. Also, “Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH” and “Because of Winn-Dixie” are on my top 10 books list!


      1. Noted…no movie. We listened to the audible sample and it seemed to be moving in a sad direction. We didn’t do the whole listen. I have to wait till the end of the month for my audible credit.
        Dude, I totally sound like a walking advertisement for audible. lol. One of the coaches at BraveWriter recommended it last year when I was struggling to get back into homeschooling after Ellis’ hospitalization. The program relied on parent reading, but I’d fall asleep 2 pages into it.

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